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(Mis à jour) Sept membres du Congrès américain demandent à BIDEN de retirer son soutien à Ariel Henry (en anglais)

Publié par siel sur 18 Mars 2022, 19:51pm


Reuters, March 17, 2022
Seven U.S. Members Of Congress Call On Biden To Withdraw Support For 
Haiti's Henry
By Brian Ellsworth

A group of seven U.S. members of Congress on Wednesday called on 
President Joe Biden to withdraw support for Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel 
Henry, saying he lacks legitimacy to organize the elections needed to 
resolve the country's political crisis.

Representatives led by Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, a Haitian American 
who won a Florida congressional seat in January, said in a letter that 
the United States should instead support efforts to create a 
transitional government.

"We humbly request that your administration allow the people of Haiti to 
determine their own political destiny and withdraw support from the de 
facto government," reads the letter, whose signatories are all Democrats.

Cherfilus-McCormick said stemming a rise in Haitian migration to the 
United States will require addressing the country's political situation, 
which was thrown into turmoil by the assassination of President Jovenel 
Moise last July.

"If we look at what are the reasons behind (the immigration), it really 
comes down to the political instability that's increasing the crime 
going on in Haiti," she said in a telephone interview.

Henry became prime minister shortly after Moise was killed. He has 
promised to hold elections but has made little progress in creating an 
elections council - a crucial first step for holding a vote.

The White House and a spokesman for the office of Haiti's prime minister 
did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Biden administration has not shown signs that it is interested in 
abandoning Henry. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere 
Affairs Brian Nichols last month described Henry as "the caretaker of 
the government."

A Haitian civil society group known as the Montana Accord, which 
includes economists, journalists, and former politicians, has called on 
Henry to hand over power to a two-year interim government that would 
seek to improve the security situation.

The group says Haiti cannot hold free elections while gangs control 
significant parts of the country, and that holding a vote under the 
current circumstances risks boosting gangs' power.


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